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Carl Snyder, Carlos Polanco, and Dyjuan Tatro won a debate round last week. Their opponents were from Harvard. Snyder, Polanco, and Tatro are inmates. Competing through the Bard Prison Initiative, the team argued in favor of the resolution that, “Public schools in the United States should have the ability to deny enrollment to undocumented students.” […]


Michael Horn, co-founder of the Clayton Christensen Institute for Disruptive Innovation, is stepping aside to “work more closely with educational entrepreneurs in board and advisory roles.” OCI thanks Mr. Horn for his work on behalf of kids as a leader at Clayton Christensen. We have been guided and inspired by his efforts. OCI is excited […]


“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


According to research by data scientist David Mosenkis, Philadelphia schools with high minority student populations receive less money than predominately white schools, even within income brackets. In other words, the average white student in Philadelphia gets more money than the average black student, even if both students go to equally poor schools. Equalized Funding is […]

Scholarships Make All The Difference

One Child’s Success Story Proves the Profound Impact of Scholarships MEET MILON HUTCHINSON…   Milon Hutchinson hails from Chicago’s south side. He is a hardworking and motivated youth, who earned straight A’s in elementary school, and was the valedictorian of his 8th grade class. But when it was time to select a high school, the […]

Scaling Up

The 74 Million shared the story of UP Academy, a Boston charter network that consistently achieves high student growth. With state and district support, UP plans to serve 10,000 students by 2020. Last week, we posted about Noble Network of Charter Schools’ recent Department of Education expansion grant. Noble is another high growth charter network […]


A new University of Chicago report finds that high CPS suspension rates are driven by a small group of schools serving low income students of color with a history of abuse. “A subset of Chicago schools—about a quarter of high schools and 10 percent of schools with middle grades—have very high suspension rates, and almost […]


Dr. David Figlio, a professor at Northwestern, released a National Bureau of Economic Research working paper detailing the impact of teacher bias on students. Dr. Figlio finds that teachers expect less of students whose names are strongly associated with Blackness or poverty. This expectation gap causes at least 15 percent of the Black-White test score […]


“Remember then that there is only one important time, and that time is now. The most important one is always the one you are with. And the most important thing is to do good for the one who is standing at your side. This is why we are here.” -Jon J Muth,